I'd definately do 2 different syllabi, at least. Early elementary is quite
different than upper elementary, who in turn are quite different than jr
high age. You'll be covering different things and having completely
different expectations from them. The kids themselves won't get much out of
the syllabus in the early elementary grades, so it'll wind up being more of
a letter home.
I'm thinking that your very early elementary may have problems keeping up
with sketchbooks. I probably wouldn't start them until 2nd grade, or maybe
3rd. Then again somone with more experience w/ these grades may have more
As far as writing goes, I'd probably start it in 2nd grade. Kinders are
often still learning letters, and 1st graders are still learning basic word
spelling. 1st graders might be able to do very short sentences themselves
towards the end of the year. You may want to get them into the habit of
reflecting by having them tell you something about their work, and then
writing it for them. You may not want to invest that much time in it,
Hope that helps
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>Subject: [teacherartexchange] Decisions, decisions...
>Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2005 22:12:51 EDT
>Hi, once again! Class begins tomorrow. I'm not prepared!!! Anyway, I'm
>working on my syllabus. I think I need to create at least two different
>because I have all grades K-8. For 5-8, I am planning on having the
>keep sketchbooks and portfolios, but I'm not sure about the K-4. What do
>guys think? Should I at least have the 1-4 keep portfolios? Do you think
>could benefit from sketchbooks? I figure the kindergartners will be too
>for either. I am also asking the older kids to write little reflective
>essays on their art projects. I am required to include writing in my
>what ages do you think I should start requiring this? First grade? Second
>grade and up? This is so overwhelming! Thanks.
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